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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Stashbusting


The oldest "yarn" in my stash is Nomotta, pure silk organdy riboon, "exquisite fashion ingredient for crocheting, for knitting and for hand-weaving." It is black, 1/4 in. wide/100yds/spool and I have a ton of it. How old is it? I got it at a garage sale about 15 years ago. The address for the company has no zip code. I knit it together with a cotton yarn that has a gold thread running through, ball band long lost. The ribbon is quite stiff and I had visions of making the Knit Lit's Fakeagamo. But I ended up with this little clutch. I lined it with black brush denim from that other stash of mine and sewed the seams and zipper in on the machine. It came out kind of cute.

The 3 mountains in the back are some hats, two from Lamb's Pride Bulky, a little over one ball each and left over Beaverslide from my Gansey. For the charcoal one I used E. Zimmerman's pattern from Knitting without Tears. She says to cast on 36 stitches for the Brioche stitch in any bulk yarn and it will stretch to fit any size head. Well, I must not have had bulky enough yarn and maybe could have used a size 11 instead of a 10.5 needle, but the hat will fit a large menehune, but not my head. The Beaverslide one is about the same size. The sable on was my one pattern. I actually swatched a bit and ended up with a giant hat that doesn't even fit my son. But it is very warm and will work well for someone big hair! To much for the hat tales. I never thought making them fit would be such a challenge. But my stash is smaller:)

The little bear was a cute Christmas gift. It is mostly handsewn, and has buttons attachments that allow his arms and legs to move. He is just darling and I love him.

What next? Ribby cardi? While I ponder what next, I am knitting up my Mango Moon recycled silk into a little bag. Pretty mindless.

6 comments:

Opal said...

That little clutch looks so much better in person. It's just beautiful. I really adore the little Hello Kitty zipper fob too. What a nice touch!

mysticalfeet said...

...mmmm, loving my new knitpicks yarn...thank you again. That shiny bag was elegant! And hey, you can comfort yourself in the knowledge that you and the menehune don't wear the same size clothes...they'll leave your sweaters alone!

Why not knit Rosedale? I'm sure I won't finish it before you do, at this rate!

debbie said...

nice looking clutch! and i have a teddy bear just like yours! - a giftie from my supervisor - mine's tiny though, about 3 or 4 inches high sitting, with hand made stitching even at the joints....

Rachel said...

Very pretty! I can't believe how long you've had that yarn!

Dipsy said...

No matter how old the yarn is, it's gorgeous, and so is the clutch!

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Thanks for showing off that awesome yarn! You reminded me that I really need to use up more of my older stash than my newer stuff. I really love that squirrel mitten and its little friend.
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